Water group proposes ‘authority’ status

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico MELROSE — The recent federal bailout delayed the flow of federal authorization for the Ute Water Project, but supporters are optimistic their chances haven’t dried up. Project Manager Scott Verhines said at Thursday’s meeting that an omnibus bill including the pipeline project and 155 other items is a top […]

Fall festival features Santa Fe Brewing Co.

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PNT Staff Report The Portales MainStreet Program is bringing the Santa Fe Brewing Co. to town for a fall festival Saturday night. “(We are hoping) to create ‘Alive After 5’ entertainment, to have different venues for people — young and old,” said Danny Woodward, president of Portales MainStreet. MainStreet organizers have said the planned the […]

ENMU Homecoming events start today

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University students and alumni are set for a weekend packed with homecoming events. This year’s theme is “Greyhounds Go Hawaiian.” Brooke Cordova of ENMU’s Alumni Affairs said students select the homecoming theme each year by voting on their favorite. One of the main attractions is the […]

Local Briefs Oct. 24

Matt Rush to speak at McCain event Matt Rush of Portales will participate in the pre-program rally for Sen. John McCain’s campaign event Saturday in Albuquerque, according to Marta Kramer, state director for the McCain campaign in New Mexico. “They called this afternoon and asked if I would be one of the speakers,” Rush said […]

God’s light defeats darkness

By Joan Clayton Once again Oct. 31 comes around. It is not my favorite time. I call it a “celebration of fear.” I don’t like to be scared, even as a joke. Fear is not of God. It is an evil force. “God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid, but a […]

Christian comedy singer performing

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Freedom New Mexico Greg Strange, a Christian comedian and songwriter, will perform today at First Christian Church. During his current two-week tour, Strange has performed in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and in Colorado. Strange, who calls himself a Christian version of “Weird” Al Yankovic, began touring as Mr. Strange 17 years ago. Prior to that, Strange […]

Report: Beer, cocaine found in crashed car

By Sharna Johnson; Freedom New Mexico Police said cocaine and alcohol were found in a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Portales man who was killed Sunday when he fled from police and crashed into a tree, according to a report released Wednesday. Miguel Gutierrez-Ornelas died at the scene. His passenger, 30-year-old Celio Salazar, is listed […]

University to honor educators

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer As Eastern New Mexico University prepares to celebrate its 2008 Homecoming this weekend, a group of eight educators is the first class of the university’s new Educators Hall of Honor. Buck Wilson, founding member of the ENMU Foundation and former president, brought the idea to honor the educators forward […]

RGH testing for MRSA

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital started testing last week for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria — the precursor for the so-called “super bug” — as part of a statewide program. RGH is one of 16 state hospitals voluntarily participating in the program that is monitoring the spread of MRSA in healthcare facilities, […]

NAACP to hold conference in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico NAACP will hold its state conference Friday with a theme on voting, according to State Chapter President Sam Bone. Held at the Mabry Inn in Clovis, the conference includes workshops discussing the issues raised during the presidential campaign, he said. The State National Association for the […]

District 63 candidates respond to questions

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked District 63 state representative candidates to answer the following questions in 200 words or less. The answers were edited for grammar and style. The general election is Nov. 4. Democrat Jose Campos II Age: 47 Occupation: Self employed Elected offices held: Current District 63 representative […]

Abengoa shuts down temporarily

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Abengoa Bioenergy in Portales is shutting down temporarily, according to Chris Standlee, executive vice president of the ethanol production plant. Standlee said Wednesday the plant is “laying off some staff” because of the “general economy in the industry.” “We’re operating plants the best we can under market conditions,” he […]

Down ticket, races mean even more

Freedom New Mexico The term “down the ballot” refers to the congressional, state and local races that ostensibly play second, third and fourth fiddle to the presidential contest. The names of the White House contenders will appear at the tops of ballots, with everything else further down. This presentation more or less mirrors the conventional […]

Oct. 22, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Democrats wrong to criticize McCain’s campaign action How dare Barack Obama and Harry Reid criticize John McCain for suspending his campaign? Obama would do well to remember they are U.S. senators first — elected to serve the American people — and presidential candidates second.

Zias fall in four at Lubbock

Freedom New Mexico LUBBOCK — Lubbock Christian fought off Eastern New Mexico University in the second game, then dominated the rest of the way to hand the Zias a 22-25, 26-24, 25-16, 25-12 setback Tuesday night in non-conference volleyball. The Lady Chaps (25-1), ranked 24th in the NAIA, were coming off a five-game win over […]

Lubbock Christian beats Zias in four games

Freedom New Mexico LUBBOCK — Lubbock Christian fought off Eastern New Mexico University in the second game, then dominated the rest of the way to hand the Zias a 22-25, 26-24, 25-16, 25-12 setback Tuesday night in non-conference volleyball. The Lady Chaps (25-1), ranked 24th in the NAIA, were coming off a five-game win over […]

Council votes to move forward with grant application

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council sped through its business Tuesday, finishing in 30 minutes. Councilors quickly approved most agenda items and tabled two business items. Among the items approved was a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance that will allow the city to receive funding from the New Mexico […]

District 67 candidates respond to questions

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s Note: Freedom New Mexico asked State Representative

Events Calendar Oct. 22

Friday ENMU Board of Regents — 9:30 a.m. Regents’ room, ENMU. Saturday Fall Festival — 6-11 p.m. in the Farmers Market lot. Features music, beer and nuts. Admission is $10. Must be 21 to purchase beer. Monday-Friday WPA Art Show — In the old jail on the fourth floor of the courthouse. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. […]

Oct. 22, 2008 Briefs

Education retirees to meet The Roosevelt County Association of Education Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the cafeteria conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital. Several members will be reporting on the State Convention for Education Retirees. Delman Shirley will speak about legislative decisions. County to receive additional funds Roosevelt County will receive an […]